Amassment, 2016, menswear dead stock garments including shirts, polo shirts, suits, jeans
Fashion waste is not only generated by consumers. It is also created by manufacturers with left-over, surplus production. Most of this ‘pre-consumer’ textile waste in Australia is sent to landfill contributing significantly to the unsustainability of the fashion industry.
Amassment addresses this problem by using discarded, pre-determined forms (dead stock) and upcycling them into objects of design. Menswear archetypes - shirts, suits, polo shirts and jeans - are transformed into desirable womenswear garments. As such, the collection explores innovative ways of making sustainable fashion.
The techniques developed change the ordinary and utilitarian into the unique, through a process called ‘Amassment’. It draws on the design principle that one single everyday object is banal, whereas an accumulation of them, in specific and voluminous configurations, a ‘critical mass’, becomes aesthetically compelling.
Amassment invites critical reflection on our throw away society and the wasteful trends in contemporary fashion. It breaks the life cycle of deadstock garments and reinserts them into the commercial environment, by adding value through design.
Paul Castro has nearly 20 years experience as a fashion designer in his native Ecuador, as well as Canada, The Bahamas and, for the last 10 years, in Australia. His professional journey has spanned sportswear, made to measure, as well as womenswear.
Concerned with the issue of waste in fast fashion, Paul completed a Masters of Fashion (Design) at RMIT in 2016. Paul wants to develop new, sustainable ways of designing fashion. Through innovative design techniques, he transformed these unwanted garments into unique women’s fashion pieces.